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SLUG: 2-315852 Bush Angola (L-O)
DATE=MAY 12, 2004
TITLE=BUSH ANGOLA (L-O)
INTRO: President Bush has met with Angolan President Jose Eduardo dos Santos to discuss the fight against terrorism and efforts to promote democracy in Africa. From the White House, VOA's Scott Stearns has the story.
TEXT: White House spokesman Scott McClellan says President Bush thanked the Angolan leader for backing United Nations resolutions against Iraq before the U-S-led invasion.
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The president appreciates the support Angola has given for our efforts in Iraq. They also talked about the need to combat HIV / AIDS. They had a good discussion about that.
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Mr. McClellan says the presidents also discussed plans for elections in Angola two years from now. He says President Bush discussed the importance of President dos Santos following through with his commitment to those elections coming after what Mr. McClellan called a "difficult period" in Angola's history.
President dos Santos won elections in 1992 that were meant to end fighting with rebels from the National Union for the Total Independence of Angola, or UNITA. But that war continued until UNITA leader Jonas Savimbi was killed by government troops in 2002.
Angola's state news agency says President dos Santos came to Washington to discuss his government's efforts to resettle more than three million people displaced by the violence.
It says he is looking for support for that process from the U-N World Food Program and an international donors' conference. The news agency says President dos Santos also wants U-S support for ongoing political reforms.
During his visit to Washington, the Angolan leader is also meeting with members of the U-S Congress, Vice President Dick Cheney, and Secretary of State Colin Powell. He is also scheduled to speak with officials from the U-S Agency for International Development, the World Bank, and the International Monetary Fund. (SIGNED)
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